In return for the seventeen years that Jacob had devoted
to the bringing up of Joseph, he was granted seventeen
years of sojourn with his favorite son in peace and
happiness. The wicked experience sorrow after joy; the
pious must suffer first, and then they are happy, for all's
well that ends well, and God permits the pious to spend the
last years of their lives in felicity.[344]

When Jacob felt his end approach, he summoned Joseph
to his bedside, and he told him all there was in his heart.
He called for Joseph rather than one of his other sons, because
he was the only one in a position to execute his wishes.

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